[WATCH] Shocking videos emerged after blasts in China Blasts
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Shocking pictures and videos were emerging from Tianjin in China after two explosions struck the city about 11.30 p.m. local time on Wednesday and killed at least 17 people, according to Chinese media.
People’s Daily reported at least seven people had died and a further 50 were injured as of early Thursday morning. The National Business Daily newspaper reported up to 400 people were wounded, and said two firefighters battling the blaze are missing and six are slightly wounded.
Tianjin’s Public Security Bureau stated the explosions happened at the Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd., which transports hazardous goods. The blasts are believed to have occurred when a shipment of explosives blew up, said the BBC.
The Tianjin Fire Department reported that the fire began about 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday local time, and two explosions followed within 30 seconds of each other. About 100 fire trucks have been sent to the scene, the department said.
The China Earthquake Networks Center reported that the first explosion had a 2.3 degree magnitude (equivalent to 3 tons of TNT), and the second had a 2.9 degree magnitude (equivalent to 21 tons of TNT).
On Twitter, users posted about the blast at a petrol storage station in Tianjin’s Binhai New Development Zone using the hashtag #PrayForTianjin, with media also emerging on China’s popular Facebook alternative, Weibo, where the hashtag was #天津 爆炸 or #TianjinExplosion.
The GIF below, purported to be taken from a surveillance video and posted on local news site Top News’ Weibo page, shows the moment in which two bystanders were engulfed by one of the explosions.
“An explosion rocked the Binhai New Area in north China’s Tianjin Municipality at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cause and casualties are not immediately known,” said Chinese news agency Xinhua.
“Residents in neighborhoods nearby said flame lit up the sky and the blast with a big noise blew up dust of dozens of meters high. The explosion also shattered their window glass and fish tanks.
“Li Jing, a woman who lives hundreds of meters away from the explosion site, said she saw the wounded being sent to hospitals.”